BMW India is said to be readying up the facelifted, 2015 X3 SUV for a launch here, next month. The facelifted version of the X3 SUV was first showcased at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and the German luxury car maker has already imported the SUV’s 20d variant for homologation. The second generation BMW X3 was launched in India in the second half of 2011, and the time is now apt for a refresh considering that the SUV is already three years old.
The X3 Facelift comes with a new front and rear bumpers, revised headlamps and a new front grille. The interiors of the SUV see new cup holders, a revised center console and a new leather clad steering. In terms of features, the facelifted version of the X3 brings a new navigation system integrated touchpad on the iDrive interface, park assist, a heads up display and adaptive headlamps.
BMW took a diesel-0nly approach with the pre-facelift X3 and the same strategy is expected to be followed on the facelifted model as well. Although BMW sells a detuned, 2 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel (143 Bhp-360 Nm) engined variant known as the X3 18d in markets abroad, the Indian version of the SUV is expected to continue with the 20d and 30d variants, with 2 liter-4 cylinder (187 Bhp-400 Nm) and 3 liter-6 cylinder (258 Bhp-560 Nm) twin turbo diesel engines.
An xDrive all-wheel drive layout is expected to be standard on both the X3 20d and 30d variants, with an 8 speed automatic transmission common to both variants. BMW assembles the X3 through the CKD route at its Chennai assembly unit. The facelifted model will take the CKD approach as well. However, expect the BMW X3 20d to be launched initially, with the 30d variant to follow a few months later. The pre-facelift version of the X3 is priced between 42.7 and 54.9 lakh rupees. A similar price band, with a slight price increase is likely for the facelifted model.